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Four Pitfalls to Avoid with Independent Contractor Agreements

Many small businesses utilize independent contractors because they offer certain advantages over hiring employees, like reducing overhead costs and avoiding headaches such as payroll taxes and employment-related claims. Others may hire independent contractors for discreet one-time services. In either case a written agreement is a must, but beware: there are pitfalls related to the language…
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Copyright Claims in Video Game Characters Dismissed in World of Warcraft Case

Gaming behemoth Blizzard Entertainment, makers of the World of Warcraft franchise, suffered a setback when a federal judge threw out the complaint in its copyright infringement case against Lilith Games and co-defendant uCool. The court cited a lack of specificity related to the allegedly infringed characters, and a failure to adequately apprise uCool of which…
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USPTO Program Lets Trademark Rights Adapt as Technology Evolves

A USPTO program available this fall allows owners to amend their trademark registrations in cases where the goods or services originally identified with their marks have become obsolete and are no longer marketed and newer technologies have emerged. This pilot program, which was initiated on September 1st, may be particularly helpful, for example, to companies…
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Three Reasons Why Your Website Privacy Policy May Need Revamping

When launching a website, most small businesses treat their privacy policies as an afterthought. However, a privacy policy that meets any of the descriptions below may need revamping, or else your business could be vulnerable to regulatory fines or in some cases even litigation. 1. Your Privacy Policy is Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Unclear The purpose…
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